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If you want to bash MS, have it, but one thing they have done well over the years (better than Apple, better than Canon ) is to keep touch with the legacy base of software. So while they are obviously responding to the touch/tablet/portable world in Win8, they have preserved almost all of the Win7 world in this OS. If you want to grouse about having to step through that Metro desktop on occasion, have it. I'm sure you enjoy that old DOS/Win3.1/Win95/Win2000/WinXP/Vista world as well.
Having made my living as an IT Pro for 30 years I see the same reaction to 8 as I saw in all those old transitions listed above. That said, I agree that 8 is a pretty big jump. It is also a bit more of a reaction to the marketplace than MS is used to doing. And it is also more of a 'tweener than their previous stuff.
Why a 'tweener? Because they are preserving the past even as they move forward. I refer to it as the Sarah Palin OS. Why? Remember when her Sarahness said she had never been to Russia but she could see it from her house? Well, 8 is not quite the future, but you can see it from there. As for performance, it's solid, stable and fast. I love it.